Thursday, November 20, 2014

5th Annual FreshFarm food drive at H Street FreshFarm Market this Saturday, Nov 22

FreshFarm food drives are different than most, in that they focus on collecting FRESH food for donation.  They do this by collecting tax-deductible monetary donations from market shoppers and spending the money with their farmers on fresh foods, which all go to their gleaning partners.  These food drives are a great way to help farmers (who need every sale as the season winds down), help those in need, and connect shoppers with the FRESHFARM Markets philanthropic mission.

For the past five years the H Street NE FRESHFARM has worked with First Church of Christ, Holiness, which services needy families in Brookland.  Last year, with our donations, the market gave out 50 holiday baskets (complete with turkeys) and this year First Church wants to distribute 75 baskets!  FRESHFRESH is committed to purchasing 50 of these 75 turkeys from two H Street farmers, Full Cellar Farm and Garden Path farm and needs the community to pay for the turkeys.   

Every year our little H Street NE FRESHFARM market raises more at our food drive than at the food drives at any other FFM market, including the huge Dupont market!  Let's be sure to make this trend continue this Saturday!

Make your donation at the yellow tent at the entrance to the Market as you wait for Frenchie's or buy fresh produce to donate and drop it as you leave.  

Additional details are available here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mushroom, cheese and beer pairings next week at Boundary Road

Who doesn't like a good mushroom, cheese and beer pairing?  Especially amidst cold weather like today's...

Next week, from Tuesday the 18th thru Sunday the 23rd, Boundary Road (414 H St) will offer 3 distinct "Funky, Foraged & Fermented" pairings at the bar and in the dining room. You will have the option to do one of the mushroom & cheese pairings for $9 each or add a 5 oz pour of the paired beer for $3 more. A full board of all 3 pairings of mushrooms, cheese and beers will be available for $30.  Pairings include:

Mushroom: Shaved Porcini Mushrooms with Parsely Root and Cold-Pressed Olive Oil
Cheese: Sainte Nectaire, Tommes (Auvergne, France)
Beer: Bayerischer Bahnhof Gose, Gasthaus and Gosebrauerei (Leipziger, Germany)
Mushroom: Braised Chanterelles in Demi Glace with Rosemary Oil
Cheese: Buttermilk Bleu (Monroe, WI)
Beer: Terrapin Guano Loco (Athens, GA)
Mushroom: Grilled Lobster Mushrooms with Salsa Verde
Cheese: Cabra La Mancha, Washed Rind (Accident, MD)
Beer: Cisco Gray Lady (Nantucket, MA)

Offerings start at 5:30pm nightly during the promotion.  No reservations required.

Story time activities at Rosedale Library (1701 Gales St NE)

Rosedale Library (1701 Gales Street NE) has a full slate of programs for children and teens this month, including celebrations of everyone's favorite childhood friend, the Teddy Bear!  Plus Chess Club, movie nights, sign-alongs and special birthday events for Curious George and Mickey Mouse.  

Rosedale Library is also collecting coats, hats, gloves and other warm accessories for children and teens in Ward 6 and at the DC General Shelter.  Drop off items for the "Give a Child a Coat, Share the Warmth" drive now through November 20th

Story time: Every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. -- Children ages birth-5 with their caretakers can enjoy a story time that includes songs, stories, action rhymes, and fun!

"Big Chair Chess Club": Every Monday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. — Children and teens get to learn how to play from an experienced instructor, Mr. Norman, and participate in friendly games against each other. 

Teddy Bear Storytime: Friday, November 14 at 4:30 p.m. -- In honor of National Teddy Bear Day, bring your favorite friend to Rosedale Library for a teddy-themed story time, with songs, poems a snack and a photo with the two of you!

Curious George Day: Saturday, November 15 beginning at 11:00 a.m. — Rosedale will be having a special Curious George Day, filled with all sorts of fun, including a story time, film, and crafts.  

Mickey Mouse Day: Tuesday, November 18 beginning at 4 p.m. -- In honor of Mickey Mouse's birthday in 1928, children will enjoy a Mickey-themed story time, make their own Mickey (or Minnie!) mouse ears to take home, and see a few Mickey Mouse Playhouse episodes. 

Reel Reading Book Club: Tuesday, November 25 at 5 p.m. — Join Rosedale's Reel Reading Book Club! Kids read a book and then on the last Tuesday of each month they watch the movie that the book inspired, or the movie that inspired the book. Kids can enjoy a brief group discussion as well! November's book selection is Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which inspired several movies! 

For more information, visit the website at:; call 202-727-5012 or email

Posted by the Friends of the Rosedale Library

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween on west end of H @ Boundary Road, the Big Board, Micho's, Driftwood Kitchen, le Grenier, Metro Mutts, DC Harvest & Cirque du Rouge

A host of your favorite spots along the western half of H Street have banded together to pass out candy to our young trick or treaters.  The following H Street businesses will also have specials for the little trick or treaters' adult chaperones.  

Driftwood Kitchen (400 H St)
Boundary Road  (414 H St)
Cirque du Rouge  (416 H St)
Big Board (421 H St)
Micho's (500 H St)
Le Grenier (502 H St)
Metro Mutts (508 H St)
D.C. Harvest (517 H St)

Kudos to these neighborhood businesses for getting in the holiday spirit and welcoming neighbors of all ages!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Support local DCPS Miner Elementary (15th & F) by visiting Star & Shamrock (1341 H St) tonight & next Tuesday

Miner Elementary (located at 15th & F Streets NE) and Star & Shamrock (1341 H St) are teaming up to hold Miner Night out tonight, Tuesday, October 21, and next, Tuesday, October 28, from 5:00 pm, onward.  Miner, a Title 1 school, is the in-bounds school for the east-side of H Street running east of 12th Street NE.  Come out and support Miner students! Simply tell your server that you are there to support Miner Elementary and 10% of your bill will go to the school to support classrooms, special programs, and unique opportunities for the kids.  
Organized by the Miner Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Announcing the 2014 H Street Festival this Saturday, September 20

Announcing the 2014 H Street Festival
The 2014 H Street Festival will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014. This will be the biggest Festival ever, spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE and featuring over 200 businesses, restaurants, community organizations and merchants. Come down and enjoy great food, drinks, music, contests, kids’ activities and more!


The annual celebration highlights the development of the H Street NE Corridor and it’s vibrant businesses. The event is one of the District’s most popular festivals, and has been named Washington, DC’s best neighborhood festival by Washington City Paper for the last four years. In a city that boasts so many wonderful neighborhoods, the H Street NE Corridor has become one of the most diverse and exciting neighborhoods to live in, shop, eat and hang out.


This year’s Festival will offer more entertainment than ever before, featuring more than 500 performers and artists on 14 staging areas spread throughout the event. Performances will range from jazz, pop and gospel music to fitness demonstrations, a “skills on wheels” performance and interactive art displays.


For those who come hungry or thirsty, the Festival will feature over 70 food vendors, food trucks and restaurants serving up meals from all corners of the world. Festivalgoers can also visit the beverage gardens located along the festival route to sample the many available libations.


Other attractions at this year’s Festival, include:


-       Washington Nationals Presidents – The Presidents will race down part of the Festival route from the 8th Street Stage (8 and H) following the singing of the national anthem at noon. The Presidents will also be available for pictures with festivalgoers at 3 p.m. at the Zone 9 parking lot (9 and H).

-       DC Streetcar Open House - Visitors will be able to get an up close look at the exterior and interior of the DC Streetcars, which are set to begin running later this year (5 and H, 8 and H and 13 and H).

-       Grand Opening of Gallery on O – The H Street Festival will celebrate the grand opening to the public of the Gallery on O, showcasing the 50th anniversary of Washington Informer photography (13 and H).

-       Kids Zone – The Festival will have a special “kid’s zone,” featuring GolfZilla, a Godzilla-themed inflatable target that kids can hit golf balls at, multiple appearances by Callaloo the puppet, face painting, a giant slide and other family-friendly activities (9 and H).

-       Interactive Art Displays – Festivalgoers will be able to get an up close look at a number of art cars (13 and H), as well as watch artists paint an H Street-themed bus from start to finish and build custom bikes from scratch (5 and H).

-       Contests and Competitions – Attendees are invited to compete in or watch the annual pie, chili and burrito eating contests, a bad tattoo competition (10 and H) and an arm wrestling competition (9 and H).

-       District Fashion Week – The Fashion Stage will kick off the annual District Fashion Week celebration with area designers (10 and H).

-       Pedicabs – Pedicabs will offer weary festivalgoers transportation at a special festival rate parallel to the festival route on G and I Streets.

-       And much more!
Sponsors of the event include, Auto Zone, DC50-TV, Fisher Brothers, Giant, H Street Community Development Corporation, H Street Connection, Insight Property Group, Property Group Partners, Stewart Investment, Uber, Walmart and Washington City Paper.

Festival hours are from noon – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Festival will take place between the 400 and 1300 blocks of H Street NE.